Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Maxima VS 2018 Jaguar XE Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Maxima

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2018 Jaguar XE

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Maxima are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XE doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Maxima and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Maxima the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Maxima’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima third among large cars in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The XE isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 53 more horsepower (300 vs. 247) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Maxima’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 4 more horsepower (300 vs. 296) than the XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Maxima is faster than the XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.3 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.1 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Maxima has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE Diesel’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Maxima has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE 25t/35t/S’ standard fuel tank (18 vs. 16.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Maxima’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XE:




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11.8 inches

The Maxima’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the XE are solid, not vented.

The Maxima stops much shorter than the XE:





70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

133 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Maxima has larger tires than the XE (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Maxima’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (245/45R18 vs. 235/35R20).

The Maxima’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XE’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Maxima has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the XE.

The Maxima has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The XE doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Maxima 3.5 SR handles at .86 G’s, while the XE AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Maxima 3.5 SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XE AWD (26.6 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Maxima SL/SR/Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XE doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Maxima is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the XE is rated a Compact.

The Maxima has 7.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (98.6 vs. 91).

The Maxima has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 3.5 inches more front legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Maxima’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XE does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Maxima has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XE doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Maxima has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Maxima second among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XE isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Maxima outsold the Jaguar XE by over seven to one during 2017.

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